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November 5, 2019 — Local Elections
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City of Rancho Palos Verdes
Measure B - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Passing

7,733 votos si (76.9%)

2,324 votos no (23.1%)

Shall the measure, known as the HOSPITALITY WORKING CONDITIONS ORDINANCE, placed on the ballot by initiative petition, applicable to large hotels, golf courses and amusement parks, and which enacts a wage floor of $15/hour (CPI adjustments), limits daily work hours, limits daily square footage of rooms cleaned, requires panic-buttons for employees, requires maintenance of detailed compliance records, prohibits employer retaliation against employees, requires employee notices, and imposes fines and attorneys' fees for violation, be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

William W. Wynder, City Attorney

Measure B has been placed on the November 5, 2019 ballot by voter initiative. Measure B, if approved by the voters, would add Chapter 5.40, Hospitality Working Conditions, to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code, would apply to “large hospitality employers,” being owners or operators of a hotel (50+ rooms), golf course, or amusement park, with 50+ hospitality employees (“Employers”), and would require Employers to provide notice of its requirements to all hospitality employees. A “hospitality employee” is any individual employed by a large hospitality employer who works an average of 5 hours per week for 4 or more weeks (“Employee”).

Measure “B” would enact a wage floor of $15/hour, increasing by $1 per year until 2022. Thereafter, the annual increase will be the greater of 2% or CPI-W. The measure would limit Employees’ daily work hours absent informed written consent (except in an emergency), limits the daily square footage room cleaners may clean, or requires double pay if they clean more. Employees must be advised that refusing consent will not have adverse employment consequences. Employers must provide Employees with a non-discounted Los Angeles Metro pass, or the equivalent credit for vanpool or ridesharing services, or provide a vanpool to and from an Employee’s residence.

The measure would further require Employers to provide Employees with no-cost panic buttons for emergencies or when facing threatening behavior. Employees could not be disciplined for stopping work to leave a dangerous situation, or for the use of a panic button (absent evidence of intentional false claims). Employees must be given paid time sufficient to contact the authorities and to seek counseling. Employers must cooperate with any investigation and a complaining Employee’s representative.

The measure would prohibit retaliation by Employers; if an Employee is terminated within one year of any action described by the measure, the Employer must factually substantiate the termination. The requirements of Chapter 5.40 could be waived through a collective bargaining agreement. The City would be required to create a poster articulating Employee rights under the ordinance to be posted in a prominent location at places of employment. All the provisions of the measure would apply to an Employers’ subcontractors. The measure further provides remedies and fines for violations, and mandatory attorneys’ fees for prevailing party Employees. The measure authorizes the City Council to adopt implementing regulations, and to adopt additional requirements for Employers, but not to restrict those enacted by the measure.

A “Yes” vote means you support adding Chapter 5.40 to the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code in the manner set forth in this ballot measure.
A “No” vote means you oppose adding Chapter 5.40 to the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code in the manner set forth in this ballot measure. This measure would take effect only if a majority of those voting on the ballot measure cast a “Yes” vote at the general municipal election to be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

We’ve all heard about the problems.

“While it may be a paradise for guests, [Terranea] resort workers claim they are subjected to a culture that has enabled … sexual assault.”

- The Guardian, October 16, 2018

Now, everyone is moving toward a peaceful resolution.

“Sandra Pezqueda, a dishwasher who was named one of The Silence Breakers, TIME Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year, settled her sexual assault lawsuit against the Terranea resort and the staffing agency that placed her there.”

- TimesUpTerranea.org

“Terranea Resort and workers settle a lawsuit over unpaid work time”

- Los Angeles Times, April 30, 2019

The companies have taken a step.

The women have taken a step.

The voters can put the issue to rest…

Measure B “would require Terranea and the nearby Trump National Golf Club to provide panic buttons for employees who work alone in isolated locations.”

- Los Angeles Times, March 15, 2019

“Panic buttons are a must because ‘hospitality employees who work by themselves in guest rooms, restrooms, or in isolated locations are vulnerable to crimes and other threatening behavior, including sexual assault…’”

- Newsweek, May 3, 2018

Measure B is a chance for Rancho Palos Verdes voters to endorse a peaceful resolution.

ALEX PADILLA

California Secretary of State

JAN ELLEN GARDNER

Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice

REVEREND DR. SUNNY KANG

Resident

Argumento EN CONTRA

Measure B, if passed, FORCES the City to enact and enforce unprecedented regulations on local businesses.

Rancho Palos Verdes supports FAIR union representation. HOWEVER, not ALL unions are alike. Organized labor, with no apparent connection to Rancho Palos Verdes, is attempting to force the employees at Terranea to unionize, and make YOU pay for it. The very important issue of harassment of employees has been used to MISLEAD voters. This measure removes the employees’ RIGHT TO CHOOSE whether or not to organize. It’s FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED.

WHAT THE MEASURE DOES:

--IMPOSES wages WELL BEYOND STATE and COUNTY LAWS. Even highly compensated tipped employees are included. BAD FOR BUSINESS!

--FORCES employees, who were NEVER GIVEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE, to be included (even though Terranea offered to host free and open elections for its employees).

--MANDATES panic buttons even though Terranea ALREADY PROVIDES THEM, along with education and training.

--DEMANDS Terranea PAY the employees for TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM WORK!

--LIMITS overtime for employees, even for THOSE WHO want “overtime”.

THE MAIN REASON:

--THE “FINE PRINT”: The measure doesn’t apply to any business that is UNIONIZED. If employees don’t want to join, Measure “B” uses the ballot box to force organized labor on Terranea employees. IT’S UNDEMOCRATIC!

THE EFFECT:

--REDUCES CITY SERVICES: hotel tax revenues from Terranea could be reduced, limiting funds used for major capital infrastructure projects and for police services. Rancho Palos Verdes would have to add staff for enforcement of the unneeded measure. It adds layers of unneeded bureaucracy.

QUESTION:

Why should Rancho Palos Verdes have to spend taxpayer dollars and add additional staff to oversee this flawed initiative? WE SUPPORT THE EMPLOYEES and their right to choose for themselves!

PLEASE VOTE NO ON MEASURE B.

SUSAN BROOKS

Rancho Palos Verdes Council Member

ERIC ALEGRIA

RPV City Councilmember

JERRY V. DUHOVIC

Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor

JOHN CRUIKSHANK

Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Pro Tem

KEN DYDA

Rancho Palos Verdes Council Member

 

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

WE OPPOSE Measure B. Allegations of sexual harassment and assault have nothing to do with this Union sponsored measure. The proponents do a disservice to victims of such crimes via this misrepresentation to sway the voter. Panic buttons are ALREADY provided by Terranea. Proponents of this measure are simply forcing Union mandates on both workers (without their permission) and you, the taxpayer, via a city code.

Ironically, this measure states that COMPANIES WOULD BE EXEMPT FROM THIS MANDATE if they ENTER INTO A UNION CONTRACT. If the goal of the measure, according to its proponents, is preventing sexual harassment and employee safety, why would they write a measure that exempts any business from this PANIC BUTTON mandate?

Consider who the writers of the “Yes” argument are. None are employees of Terranea.

THEY ARE A GROUP OF OUTSIDERS.

Measure B has nothing to do with sexual harassment or assault. It has everything to with an organized labor attempting to introduce union mandates. WE URGE YOU TO VOTE NO ON MEASURE B.

SUSAN BROOKS

Rancho Palos Verdes Council Member

ERIC ALEGRIA

Rancho Palos Verdes Council Member

JERRY V. DUHOVIC

Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor

JOHN CRUIKSHANK

Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Pro Tem

KEN DYDA

Rancho Palos Verdes Council Member

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Over 3,000 Rancho Palos Verdes citizens signed the petition so that large hotels make sure their employees have effective “panic buttons” to call hotel security when customers threaten them with sexual assault.

It’s simple. And it doesn’t cost Rancho Palos Verdes or taxpayers a dime.

There is NOTHING in Measure B that requires hotel workers to join a union. And it’s really not productive to make that kind of allegation.

Cities across America have already adopted panic button ordinances similar to Measure B, protecting employees whether they are in a union or not.

Rancho Palos Verdes employers and employees are taking positive steps toward resolving their differences at NO COST TO TAXPAYERS. Measure B ratifies their progress and puts these embarrassing issues behind us.

Voting YES affirms RANCHO PALOS VERDES values. Common sense in a needlessly divided country.

JUANA MELARA

Hotel Housekeeper/2017 TIME Magazine Person of the Year

REVEREND DR. SUNNY KANG

Resident

JAN ELLEN GARDNER

Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice

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